Hatchell Hopes to Bring Speed to Winston-Salem

Currently, Bobby Hatchell of Jacksonville (N.C.) holds the title as fastest player in North Carolina. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound wide receiver has recorded the fastest forty-yard dash times at all three combines held in the Tar Heel State.

Bobby Hatchell's official results have included a time of 4.49 and 4.52 seconds electric timed at MSL, 4.45 seconds on grass and barefooted at Scout.com's All-American Combine, and most recently, hand recorded times of 4.26 and 4.15 seconds at the Snow Hill Shrine Bowl Combine. No one else at Snow Hill broke a 4.4.

Hatchell hopes to be able to bring that speed to Wake Forest in the future and feels Coach Jim Grobe will look past his lack of height and provide Hatchell with that opportunity.

"It's looking like a school I want to go to," said Hatchell of Wake Forest. "They like to recruit the little guys. I like how the coach is willing to give everybody the chance to play. I know I'll get my chance to earn a spot there."

Hatchell, who is in constant contact with Coach Dean Hood, received his first look at the Wake Forest campus this past weekend when he attended the Demon Deacons' spring football game.

"It was good," said Hatchell. "We took a tour of the school and got to talk to some of their coaches – we got to talk to Jim Grobe. Grobe just talked about playing good on the field and in the classroom."

Marshall, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke are also recruiting him, but Hatchell is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

Hatchell plans to attend summer camps at Wake Forest, Duke, and North Carolina. However, his focus now is defending his belt this weekend at the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Snow Hill.


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